Planning a trip

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  1. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    I'm in the beginning stages of trip planning. My son and I will ride our HD to the Mackinaw bridge and probably come down the east side of the lake.

    Thursday-Tuesday trip. I'm gathering info on cool stuff to do and I'm open to about anything if anybody has any suggestions.

    Thanks all.
     
  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I’m jealous of anyone who can plan a trip.
    Have fun.
     
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  3. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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  4. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    While it should be a great trip, why the east side? The west side is spectacular coming down M22.
     
  5. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Going up the west side down the east side. Maybe take ferry across lake
     
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  6. Moondog Wily

    Moondog Wily Howlin' At The Moon!

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    Safe and sane! Shiny side up!! Haven't rode either of my HD's in 12 years or so, so totally jealous of your adventure!
     
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  7. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I did that ferry trip as a kid - it was a lot of fun!

    The northern part of the Southern Peninsula of Michigan is gorgeous. Be sure to visit Traverse City, Harbor Springs, and Charlevoix on your way (or on your way back). They're seriously nice towns, and very much part of that whole experience. You probably already know that Mackinac doesn't allow motor vehicles, including motorcycles, so you might have to make arrangements to park them.

    Back in the day, I knew a number of iron workers who built the Mackinac Bridge.

    The Grand Hotel is a nice old place, and there's the touristy Main Street on the island where you used to be able to buy - not kidding - shellac'd horse poop on a wooden stand. I haven't been there since the '90s.

    The trip down the western side of Michigan is more engaging and pretty than down the eastern side of the state (just my two cents, I've lived in Michigan all my life).

    PS - I never bought the horse poop.
     
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  8. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Thanks Les, lots of good info
     
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  9. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    My pleasure. When are you taking your trip?
     
  10. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Don't have exact date set quite yet but sometime in June.
     
  11. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    Sleeping Bear Dunes near Traverse City are cool.

    Mackinac Island is basically a tourist trap, as Les noted, but there is a very cool old fort there with demonstrations (if they’re open).
     
  12. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Some really cool towns along the west side. As you head north:

    Nature walk at Arcadia is cool. Incredible public golf course and restaurant there-over looking Lake Michigan.

    Dinghy’s on Frankfort’s main drag is a cool bar/restaurant.

    Pt Betsy Light House is a destination for sunset (I’ve stayed at the private coast guard cabin there several times)

    The Manitou on north side of Crystal has the best sautéed perch on the planet (my death row meal)

    Glen Arbor is great town. Sleeping Bear Dunes National park is world famous.

    Joe’s Friendly Tavern in Empire (before Glen Arbor) has the best cheese burger on the planet.

    Empire Bluff is an easy hike and great Lake views.

    Leland (Fish Town) is awesome

    Sutton’s Bay is a cool town.

    Charlevoix is a really cool town.
     
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  13. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Much appreciated!!
     
  14. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I would skip Traverse City. It’s turned into a fairly big town, and the traffic there can be awful.
     

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